If the fine black leather cover with Spurgeon’s signature wasn’t enough, the colorful, paisley designed spine just adds icing to the cake. That’s right I am writing this review about a book of somewhat blank pages. Journals are not created equal, this one would look right at home on any library shelf or your coffee table. Sprinkled throughout these pages at the bottom are quotes and verses that inspired Mr. Spurgeon’s sermons, and the best part is that the inspiration is tied to the sermon number, so that if you wanted to you could research what the inspiration led him to.
This is a 144 page, lined on acid free paper, blank journal that has a place at the top for a date. Now it may seem like a journal is just a book of blank pages, and why do I need a fancy looking one, but I must say that this is an absolutely beautiful book.
For those of you serious about your journaling, this is a must have.
Theology, Church, and Ministry
A Handbook for Theological Education
The book is put together by David Dockery, however, there are 3 sections with several chapters each that are written by esteemed members of the theological family. I want to take just a few sentences to state that I checked the credentials of all of the authors and was happy to find ALL of them cited as being well learned, well respected, well versed and consistent.
This being said this book is not a quick, easy read. It reads more like a reference book for persons interested in the role education plays in making sure that spiritual leaders can provide accurate, correct and reliable interpretations of the Bible.
Each sections deals with a different aspect of education; such as, foundation of spiritual education, intellectual discipleship, languages of both the old and new testaments, systemic theology, and the list goes on. Even though I am not interested in pursuing a theological education, the book actually had interesting parts that I enjoyed. The review of why having a knowledge of Greek was enlightening as was their stance on online classes (they approve, with spiritual oversight by a pastor).
Overall, I would give the book a 5 star rating because it provides accurate, informative and necessary information to those with questions about the necessity of theological education of spiritual leaders, I do not think it is a book that everyone would appreciate but there are parts everyone can receive good information from.
I received a free copy of this book for a non biased review.
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